Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

As the name indicates, Cod and Capers is at once a fish market and a seafood restaurant. I love that combination.  There are some combination places on the Gulf Coast and in Southern California, and I’ve posted reviews of Big Water Seafood in Siesta Key and Le Bee Fish in Marco Island, both on the Florida West Coast.  At Cod and Capers, the fish market is … Continue reading Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

After our disappointing meal at Frigate’s, we turned to an old friend.  Many of you will remember that Nancy and I went to Captain Charlie’s with our friends, Joyce Deroy and Willie King back in November, before the Florida season was in full swing.  We were able to saunter right in and get a table for four. Nancy and I went back in February.  We … Continue reading Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

Mark Your Calendars!

Start making travel arrangements! Ramey’s Bar B Que re-opens on March 5!  (They close every year in cold weather because it complicates the cooking.)  Ramey’s is a great whole hog barbecue place, a Top Place by any standard.  And Ramey’s is within easy driving distance of Memphis and Nashville, so I’ll be looking for excuses to go to Memphis or Nashville or Alabama or Kentucky or … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars!

Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

I have learned from the Barbecue Bros outstanding blog that Buxton Hall Barbecue is having its first annual Smokeshow, a barbecue festival that includes the food from various types of restaurants and, of course, beer and music, on May 17.  I’ve never been to Buxton Hall.  It’s way over in Asheville, and do you know how many barbecue places are between me and Asheville?  A … Continue reading Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

Salute! on the Beach, Key West, Florida

What a great place!  I mentioned it a couple of years ago in passing here, where I sang there praises of there yellowtail snapper, and I can’t imagine a trip to Key West without going to Salute.  (It’s an Italian restaurant, so Salute! (cheers!) is pronounced in three syllables.)  So off we all went, Nancy and I, David and Sue (Boyd, our co-grandparents), and Liza … Continue reading Salute! on the Beach, Key West, Florida

Great Barbecue in Lexington

Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues.  As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding.  I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina.  The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington

A Look Back: Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Panama City, Florida

It’s Thursday, or at least it will be tomorrow, and that means time to re-post a restaurant review from the earlier days of the Blog.  I stepped outside today and immediately decided that a post from the sunny South was in order.  Here’s one from a wonderful seafood places: #### After meals at the Peg Leg Porker and the Golden Rule, Nancy and I continued south to … Continue reading A Look Back: Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Panama City, Florida

A Look Back at the Best Barbecue in Europe: Pendergast Smokehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Let’s try this — on Thursdays, I plan to re-post reviews of restaurants from earlier days of the Blog as a service to our more recent readers.  Here’s a post on the best barbecue place in Europe, and a Top Place by any standard. ### Wow! That was my reaction to my first bite of brisket at Pendergast Smokehouse in Amsterdam.  I was stunned by … Continue reading A Look Back at the Best Barbecue in Europe: Pendergast Smokehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star has passed on.  The Bright Star is the oldest restaurant in Alabama, having opened in 1907, and it is known and loved for great seafood (the  Greek red snapper and the gumbo), great desserts (Nick Saban loves the coconut pie), and the warm, friendly presence of Jimmy Koikos … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

Update: Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee

Update: I’ve just posted on a couple of new whole hog barbecue places in Birmingham, outposts of Rodneys Scott’s of Charleston and Martin’s of Nashville.  Naturally my thoughts have returned to the great barbecue and the great people at Ramey’s  in Parsons, Tennessee. You will recall that during the Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour, upon leaving Ramey’s, I was so overwhelmed that I backed … Continue reading Update: Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee